From the highlands comprising the Ayung River Valley to Bali's west coast beaches, luxury boutique has become a common theme for Indonesia's most visited destination. But in an area saturated in boutique splendor, finding the creme de la creme is like trying to spot a Bali Starling, the almost extinct national bird. These boutique hotels comprise a mix of escapes that have become the torchbearers for Balinese extravagance.
Puri Wulandari Resort & Spa
Located in the Ayung River highlands near Ubud, Puri Wulandari Resort & Spa is anything but ordinary. The boutique property provides absolute privacy while maintaining a level of service that surpasses many five-star resorts. Round-the-clock butler service, a fully equipped spa and poolside dining service are just a few of the amenities provided by Puri Wulandari. The 34 villas, decorated in Balinese style, are set apart from each other, all affording views of the rice paddies and valley. Each villa features a private plunge pool, patio and flat-screen television.
The Viceroy Bali
Overlooking the stunning hills of Ubud, The Viceroy Bali is one of the most exclusive properties on the island. From the French/Asian fusion CasCades Restaurant to the luxurious LemBah Spa, the Viceroy has created an inclusive escape that captures the traditions of Bali while offering the modern amenities of the West. Each villa offers uncompromising views of the countryside and features a marble bath, flat-screen television, DVD player, stocked minibar, Wi-Fi and a private pool. The hotel offers a helicopter pad, library, laundry facilities, bar and gym.
Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa
The Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, with 59 guest rooms, offers an international restaurant, two infinity pools and a near-perfect beach to guests. Seminyak, one of Bali's most popular beaches, is perfect for swimming, sunbathing or sauntering along the Indian Ocean. Each of the resort's suites is decorated in Balinese luxury, with dark wood trim, soaking tubs, home theater systems and seaside balconies. The resort provides guests with the Wild Orchid for all-day dining and the SOS Rooftop Lounge & Bar for lazy evenings spent watching the day fade away. A full-service spa provides treatment rooms with private baths.
Legian Beach Hotel
While many of Bali's boutique properties operate on the assumption that guests want complete privacy, Legian Beach Hotel has decided to incorporate numerous common spaces for guests to mingle. The hotel's centerpiece is a tiered pool, which most of the hotel's accommodations surround. Other facilities include a whirlpool, fitness room, tennis courts and spa. Rooms, from standard hotel-style to thatched bungalows, are dressed in white linens and Balinese wood, providing guests with a marble bath, minibar and balcony. Four restaurants serve everything from Bali-inspired cuisine to beach-side pizza.
From above, the Amankila resort seems to grow out of the jungle-clad cliff that sits above its private, white-sand beach. Situated on Bali's less-developed east coast, Amankila is withdrawn from the hectic Kuta and Seminyak beaches. With only 34 villas comprising the entire resort, you'd be hard pressed to find another soul, outside of staff and other guests, for days on end. The resort's three-tiered pool and the volcano that towers behind the resort provide a stunning setting. All the villas, staggered among the cliff-face, afford guests with panoramic views, canopy beds, soaking tubs and furnished balconies. Amankila has two pools, two restaurants, a spa and library; yoga classes are offered as well.
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